Archives for March 2016

Local genealogy clubs to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy groups will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet on Saturday at the Bethpage Public Library. The Genealogy Help Session will take place at 10 a.m. and and an Ask the Experts session will take place at 10:45 a.m.

This month’s program will be “Tales of My Irish Mother” presented by Eileen Cronin, host of “The Long Island Ireland Show” on WRHU-FM. She will talk about her Irish mother, Christena Nyhan from County Cork.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview. The Help Session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 2 p.m.

This month’s program will be “45 Years as a Jewish Genealogist : A Cranky Critique” presented by Arthur Kurzweil. Based on his four and a half decades in the field, Arthur Kurzweil, author of “From Generation to Generation,” will explore the underbelly of the world of Jewish genealogy — our mistakes, our misbehavior, our sins of omission and our sins of commission — and he will offer some strong suggestions for the future.

For more information, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

All day genealogy event set for April 30

The Genealogy Federation of Long Island will present an all-day genealogy event at the Bethpage Public Library on April 30.

There will be two tracks of lectures during the day with an Ask the Experts panel from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The lectures will be:

Track I: Getting Started in Genealogy Research – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Finding Your Irish Ancestral Place of Origin – 11 a.m. – noon
The New and the Old in German Genealogy – 2-3 p.m.
Expanding Your Research for Italian Ancestors from Home – 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Track II: Genealogical Services of the Huntington Historical Society – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
The Genealogical Importance of Jewish Burial Records and Cemetery Information – 11 a.m. – noon
Evidence Analysis – 2-3 p.m.
Available Resources at the African American Museum – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Members from the Genealogy Federation of Long Island will have tables at the event with information about their organizations.

You must register for the programs you are interested in and bring your free ticket to the event. To register for programs, go to: www.eventbrite.com and in the search box type in Long Island Genealogy Event.

The Bethpage Library is located at 47 Powell Avenue. For more information, contact gflievents@gmail.com

Free webinar to focus on German church books

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar entitled “Introduction to German Parish Records” on Wednesday, March 23 at 2 p.m.

This webinar will introduce you to the gold mine of German genealogy–German church books, both in the United States and in the Germanic states. You will learn proven strategies to identify your ancestor’s home church and how to approach the records when you find them—even if you don’t speak German.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3353133703213368321

Three free webinars set for Wednesday

Three free webinars will take place on Wednesday, March 16 covering law, DNA and inferential genealogy.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments” at 2 p.m. Few researchers realize that early federal and state laws were private laws specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. Learn how to find these genealogical gems in federal and state collections.

You must register for this free program. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1674482911815417858

Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry” at 8 p.m. Participants of this webinar can learn how to use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.

You must register for this free program. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5041143535752205314

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly” at 9 p.m. Participants will learn how to accurately deduce ancestors’ identities and many aspects of their lives by digging below “surface information” in genealogical records and by combining information from several sources.

You must register for this free program. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8196429647073132289

Ancestry.com offers free access to Irish records

Ancestry.com offers free access to Irish records

flag

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Ancestry.com is offering free access to its Irish records collection from now until March 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Records include family genealogies, emigrant records, passenger lists, vital records indexes and parish records.

To get started, go to www.ancestry.com and click on the link to search Irish records free.

Italian genealogy group to meet Saturday

Italian genealogy group to meet Saturday

igg-logo

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, March 12, at 9:30 a.m. for a Help Session and the program will begin at 10 a.m.

This month’s program will be “What’s Up Doc? A Prescription for Careful Analysis and Diagnosis of Genealogical Documents and Related Materials – Part 2.” Presenter will be JoAnn Heffernan.

The meeting will take place at the Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue. For more information, go to the club website at www.italiangen.org

Irish genealogy webinar set for March 15

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will present a members-only live webinar on Tuesday, March 15 at noon entitled “Innovation in Ireland: Creative Resources for Your Irish Research.”

Irish genealogy is notoriously difficult, so researchers must apply creative tools and techniques – as well as use creative records – to obtain positive results. Explore a variety of routes through Irish family history and learn more about the collections available on Findmypast and elsewhere.

Space is limited, pre-registration required. To attend, email rsvp@nygbs.org or call 212-755-8532 x206.

This session will be recorded and available to NY&GB members at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org by March 25, 2016.

Genealogy TV show concludes

Season 3 of  “Finding  Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will continue on Tuesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

Tuesday night’s episode will feature: Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow.

To watch any episodes you missed or for more information about the show, go to: http://www.pbs.org/weta/finding-your-roots

New York genealogy webinar set for March 14

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will present its first live members-only webinar on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

The topic will be: “The Empire State and the Big Apple: Online Records for New York Genealogists.”
Those with family connections to New York are lucky; there are copious online resources to investigate. We will discuss everything from the “must utilize,” to the “hidden gems” across this historically vital territory.

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Register at: http://tinyurl.com/NewYorkWebinar

The session will be recorded and available to NY&GB members at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org by March 25, 2016.

Genealogy Lock-In to take place April 2

Registration is now open for the annual Genealogy Lock-In program at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library.

This year’s Lock-In will take place on Saturday, April 2 from 1-9 p.m. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m.

We are happy to be hosting genealogy author and lecturer, George G. Morgan. Mr. Morgan is the author of several genealogy books including: “Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques,” “The Official Guide to Ancestry.com” and “How to Do Everything – Genealogy.” He is also the co-host of the long running Genealogy Guys Podcast.

There will be a dinner break on your own from 4-5 p.m. After the lectures, participants can stay to work on the library computers, use microfilm or the New York State Vital Records Index.

The event is free but everyone must pre-register. To register for the event, call the library at 631-654-4700 or register using the online events calendar